Justice for Milena
Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 10
Release Date March 13, 2018
It’s been years since Milena Reinhardt has seen TJ “Rock” Rockwell. The last time, he was nearly a shell of a man…but he was her man…and he tore her heart out of her chest. Circumstances unbeknownst to TJ have ensured Milena’s never fully recovered.
TJ left his sniper days behind—for the most part—when he left the Army and become a respected Texas Highway Patrolman. He also left behind Milena. He’s convinced it was the right thing to do at the time, but that doesn’t mean he’s ever forgotten the woman who loved him in his greatest time of need…or has stopped thinking of her since.
Neither thought they’d see each other again, until a pedophile’s operation is taken down and the evil man sets his vengeful sights on Milena. This could be their second chance, even though TJ and Milena have enough secrets and trust issues to end any relationship before it starts. But when the bad guy closes in, they’ll have to set aside their fears and trust in each other, to save the one thing that means the world to them both.
** Justice for Milena is the 10th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.
** TJ and Milena face a truly nasty foe. While his sins are never described on the page, certain basic information is included for the characters to grasp the full breadth of the villain’s evilness. For my more delicate readers, please remember…good always triumphs over evil.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
JUSTICE FOR MILENA is book 10 in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes series and is a romantic suspense. It’s a standalone so no worries if you haven’t read a previous book. In fact, this was my first book by author Susan Stoker and I had no problems jumping right in!
Before I say anything else, I just want to give kudos to Ms. Stoker! This book takes place in my hometown and I loved how accurate she was! TJ is an ex-sniper and a Texas Highway Patrolman. His biggest regret was leaving Milena three years prior. Milena is a nurse working in a group home for young, pregnant girls. But there’s things going on in that place that bring TJ back to Milena and now he must keep her safe from a madman and his crazy son.
Even though this story deals with some pretty disgusting issues, Ms. Stoker did an excellent job describing things in a way that made it clear what was happening without going into too many gross details! Actually, most of the story was spent on the relationship redeveloping between TJ and Milena. But there IS an element of suspense threading through the background, just enough to keep me turning the pages.
Despite all the ugliness being revealed and the hardships of the past three years, Milena struck me as being an incredibly strong, resilient, happy woman. TJ had a lot of obstacles to overcome but his ability to pull himself out of his past was swoon worthy! And so were his alpha tendencies! He was one of those rarities…a man who was protective and possessive yet emotionally vulnerable.
Overall, this was a sweet and sexy second chance thriller with great characters. Now I’ll have to go back and start at the beginning because I’m intrigued by the secondary characters that were the main characters in the first nine books!! Told from various POVS with a happy ending for Milena and TJ but a lead up to several more stories! I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Milena bit her lip and stared at the FBI Agent. She’d thought he looked friendly enough when he’d first entered the room. He was good-looking and tall. She had a weakness for tall men. But at the moment, he looked ruthless. She had no doubt he’d do just as he said—make sure all the perverts who partook of Jeremiah’s immoral and hideous scheme would go to jail.
But wait…she was also a part of it, even if indirectly. Was she going to be arrested too? Was that why she’d been held for so long? “Am I going to jail?”
“Should you be?”
Milena stood on the other side of the room and stared at Cruz, honestly not sure how to respond. She opened her mouth to speak when a loud thump came from the mirror behind the agent.
Intellectually, Milena knew the mirror wasn’t really a mirror, but a window where someone, or several people, watched from the other side, but she’d blocked that out. After the bang on the window, she couldn’t ignore the fact that there was, indeed, someone observing her interview.
Someone who wasn’t happy about the turn in the conversation.
Another heavy thump sounded, and Milena jumped. Whoever was on the other side definitely wanted attention.
Surprisingly, Cruz smirked. Milena stared at him, totally confused.
“You’re not going to jail,” he told her, standing. He walked over to her chair, still lying on its side on the floor, and righted it. He held the back and gestured to the seat. “Come. Sit back down. I’ll explain what’s going to happen next and answer any other questions that you have.”
Warily, Milena inched toward the chair and sat at the very edge. Without commenting, Cruz walked back around the table and sat down. “It’s obvious you had no idea what was going on at the school. Not only that, you don’t exactly meet the criteria to be an insider.”
“You’re female, for one thing, so you obviously aren’t a customer of Jeremiah’s and his stable of girls,” Cruz told her.
Milena swallowed hard at hearing the poor abused children being described as belonging to a “stable.” It was appropriate though, as they’d been treated like animals…with no feelings or rights for as long as they’d resided at the school.
“And, I’m not trying to be rude, but you’re simply too old for Jeremiah’s tastes. You’re what…twenty-six?”
“Seven,” she told him.
“Right, you and Sadie are of no interest to Jeremiah. The school has been under investigation for quite a while, and what you’ve said you did there matches up with the records we confiscated from Jeremiah’s office.”
“I saw some of the men who came at night,” Milena said shakily. “Do I need to be worried about that?”
Cruz immediately shook his head. “I doubt it. They have enough to worry about. You weren’t blackmailing them, and they’re going to be more than aware that the evidence against them isn’t based on anything you saw. The videos, pictures, and bank records are going to do them in without any eyewitness testimony from you.”
“And the children? What’s going to happen to them?”
For the first time since the interview had started, Milena saw true anger on the agent’s face.
About the Author:
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all-American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.